I am a quantitative ecologist with a propensity for fisheries problems. I utilize applied statistics and simulation modeling to address interesting questions about fisheries management, evolution, predator-prey interactions, and the population dynamics of aquatic species. My research generally falls in two categories. Applied research to enhance sustainable management of commercially harvested species, including methods for improving stock assessment and survey design through management strategy evaluation, and developing better statistical tools for salmon run size forecasting. And basic research to better understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape the natural world, with projects focusing on bear and salmon predator-prey dynamics and the evolutionary implications of natural and anthropogenic selection on fish and wildlife.
I grew up in Anchorage, and spent many summers commercial fishing in Bristol Bay. After attending the University of British Columbia for my undergraduate degree, I received my doctorate from the University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. My graduate research was primarily focused on salmon in Bristol Bay, and allowed me to spend my summers conducting exciting fieldwork at Alaska Salmon Program (FRI) camps from Chignik to Lake Iliamna.